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A Gaywood schoolgirl has completed an English Channel inspired challenge to raise hundreds of pounds for a charity which helped her after she injured herself walking to watch King's Lynn Town FC play.

Elodie Blackmore, aged nine, ran 21 miles equating to the distance from Dover to Calais over 14 weeks to raise £745 for St John Ambulance after she fell over her six-year-old brother Arlo’s leg and badly grazed her elbow and knee, and was treated by their volunteers at The Walks.

Elodie Blackmore is running the equivalent of the English Channel distance between Dover and Calais to raise money for St John's Ambulance. Picture credit: Ian Burt (52778198)
Elodie Blackmore is running the equivalent of the English Channel distance between Dover and Calais to raise money for St John's Ambulance. Picture credit: Ian Burt (52778198)

A pupil at St Martha’s Catholic primary school, Elodie set herself the challenge of completing 14 runs of 1.5 miles to ensure she completed the virtual quest before the end of the year.

She received £630 in donations and £114.50 in Gift Aid for St John Ambulance completing the challenge on Saturday morning near Lynnsport and was cheered on by family and friends.

Elodie, whose dad also had cause to be grateful to St John Ambulance after he collapsed with heat stroke near the end of the London Marathon in October, said she was proud of what she had achieved.

Elodie Blackmore is running the equivalent of the English Channel distance between Dover and Calais to raise money for St John's Ambulance. Picture credit Ian Burt. (52778216)
Elodie Blackmore is running the equivalent of the English Channel distance between Dover and Calais to raise money for St John's Ambulance. Picture credit Ian Burt. (52778216)

She said: "I did find it tough when we got to the halfway stage and the weather got colder and I was running through icy puddles."

"But I really enjoyed the last few runs because I knew I was near the end of this challenge and I was proud of what I had done.

"When my Dad told me how much I had raised after I'd finished, I was really happy.

"I am thankful to everyone who has sponsored me and I am delighted to have raised so much for St John Ambulance."

The irony of Elodie arriving in Calais to finish her challenge didn't escape her either following the ban on UK travellers to France.

She said: "I think I was the only British tourist in Calais that day."

A St John Ambulance spokesperson said: "We rely hugely on fundraising and donations and what Elodie has done is truly amazing.

"We are so grateful."

Donations in support of Elodie's fundraising drive for St John Ambulance can still be made here

justgiving.com/elodieblackmore



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